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What does it mean when a case of “bacterial meningitis” is reported? Do other people in the community face any special risks?

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In brief: Depends

Depends on which bacteria is causing the meningitis.
Typically exposure is most concerning for those who have been in close contact with the patient. If there is a need for any prophylaxis that will be handled by your physician or the local health department.

In brief: Depends

Depends on which bacteria is causing the meningitis.
Typically exposure is most concerning for those who have been in close contact with the patient. If there is a need for any prophylaxis that will be handled by your physician or the local health department.
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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In brief: Depends

Menigococcal meningitis is an extremely contagious form of bacterial meningitis.
There are reports of exposure to and death withing a 24 hour period. Other form of bacterial meningitis are not as virulent. Types of viral meningitis also present. If Meningococcal meningitis is present, those in contact must receive prophylactic treatment. Stay in touch with pcp and county health officials.

In brief: Depends

Menigococcal meningitis is an extremely contagious form of bacterial meningitis.
There are reports of exposure to and death withing a 24 hour period. Other form of bacterial meningitis are not as virulent. Types of viral meningitis also present. If Meningococcal meningitis is present, those in contact must receive prophylactic treatment. Stay in touch with pcp and county health officials.
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